Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I Can Hit Them As Hard As I Want

Remember when I said that Obama knows he has the young crowd wrapped around his finger? Well he's about to test their commitment.

If this didn't hurt me so much as a young healthy professional, I would find it hilarious.

Monday, September 28, 2009

$25 Million Joke

Remember Obama's promise to end defensive medicine and address the malpractice litigation that has made our medical care so expensive? Well he spent $25 million on those "projects" he mentioned.

I'm not talking about the god-complex of doctors or whether these claims should be relegated to a mediation board. What I am saying is that the costs of malpractice insurance and multi-million dollar lawsuits are absolutely being passed on to you. So when someone rails against the evil insurance companies or talks about "rationing" care, know that doctor who thinks he only needs to do one test to establish a condition will now do five, charge your insurance, and make it more expensive. Obamacare cannot fix that issue without fixing malpractice litigation. Period. No way, no how.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Quotes to Consider

These are two of my favorite quotes of all time. If you like them, GREAT. If you don't, there is a comment section at the bottom where most of my criticisms are placed:

"The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

"If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way."
- Bertrand Russell

Things are Too Darn Cheap

How removed must you be to think that a Value-Added Tax is a good idea right now? Where are these cuts that Obama promised? Oh wait, there they are. Oh, and there.

(Ya see, I start writing and I get all cynical and angry again. Maybe I'll turn this into a sports blog. Goooooooo RAVENS!)

The Heart of Good Government

This profile of the Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is a must read for someone who doesn't think government can ever get it right. In reading articles for this blog and thinking critically about the action and inaction of our elected officials, I normally end up feeling cynical, tired, and depressed. This profile is obviously tilted (as is everything you read), but his numbers and popularity speak for themselves.

Gov. Daniels shakes off labels such as conservative or Republican, which is really what "we" want, isn't it? Aren't we just plain old tired of hearing people say "well I'm a Democrat, so I don't like (fill in the blank)"? Aren't we just plain tired of people finding some truth in an artificial label that has changed in dimension and meaning in every decade of this country's growth? Was Strom Thrumond representing the "Party of Lincoln"? Is Pelosi representing the ideals of Jefferson? But yet both sides find refuge in their past idols and false constructs. They do this as a substitute for good ideas (or even good government).

One thing I've always tried to advocate for here is the replacement of "What?!?!" with "why?" Instead of challenging people, challenge ideas. Gov. Daniels does not seem to be someone whose ideas could be easily challenged. They are his ideas, and not some adopted platform passed down from on high. He ascribes to the principles of Reagan, but only those that he can find applicable in his own governance. His seeks the limitation of government, but only so far as the government NEEDS to be limited. He does not "cut government for the sake of cutting" (to paraphrase).

Do we need someone like this as President? Not necessarily. We just need more of "this."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hello My Favorite People

Thank you all for your continued readership despite my spotty post record. I will promise you two things:
1) As long as you keep reading, and letting me know you're reading, I'll keep posting
2) I will always find time to write if I have something to post about

As for the latter point, there hasn't been much that's been heating my blood recently.

A few observations:
1) When terror plots are uncovered by police and FBI, something has been lost in the war on terror. We've had a few recently...recently...recently. Don't get me wrong, kudos to the FBI...but did you know there are only 14,000 FBI field agents in the US? Our last line of defense cannot and should not be the Canadian or Mexican borders, and we're not catching the next plot by taking our shoes off. We were supposed to be getting them "over there." Now, we're just barely getting them.

2) It is so nice that the Fed says the recession is over. I hope his efforts to stop the coming inflation are just as successful.

3) I give up. If we are going to be stuck with a one party state, why did we get all the dumb and/or corrupt ones? I'm not saying Republicans need to win all these seats, but can't we make a "Trendy-Slogan-And-T-Shirt" Party that has no platform and runs simply on their slogan and T-shirt? At least then they'd get to office, give a go at implementing their meaningless slogan and, after failing, just settle for meeting all the cool people they can. I mean, at least then we wouldn't have to worry as much about corruption.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Health Care Reform Unconstitutional

But don't let this get in the way of your next spoon-fed Facebook status.

The Constitution is waaaaaaay too boring when we're talking about all the exciting things that government can do with all that money, power, influence, etc.

If you think the government can fix the world's problems, please explain why it has taken so long. If you don't think the government can solve all of the world's problems, what makes you think it can solve this one.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The President's Health Care Speech

Looks like good ole Joe Wilson thought he was at a hootenanny and not sitting in the Chamber of the United States Congress. Giving the most talked about words from the President's speech, Joe called President Obama a "liar" when Obama said that immigrants would not be covered under the proposed plan.

Well...I don't think Joe should have been speaking out of turn, but he was RIGHT. Illegal immigrants are covered now and will continue to receive health care under the new plan. If you watched the speech, you may recall a segment referring to irresponsible "young people" that the President plans to put mandates on in order to ensure that they would not be getting free health care as a result of the new plan. You want to know some other mandates we have? Legal immigration. Federal Taxes. Criminal Laws. Those mandates are not enforced against illegal immigrants, so what makes the President say that his plan will not cover the uninsured illegal aliens in our country? He says it because he knows it pisses the public off that we are opening the doors to additional entitlements while leaving the back door open for whoever wants to steal them.

Besides that, if you believe straw can be turned into gold, Obama gave a nice speech. It can be boiled down to this (read with fake southern accent):

"I'm gonna take insurance, which is too expensive for poor folks because we allow every kind of medical procedure imaginable, and make it affordable. But it's not going to cost taxpayers money, because, ya see, the poor people are going to pay for it. But it will cost less, because I say so...and it will cost less because I'm going to make Medicare and Medicaid (two programs under the executive branch that I've had almost a year to fix) more efficient. Please don't ask me why I just don't make them more efficient to begin with, because that would make me look silly. Oh, please also don't ask me how two smaller programs are inefficient, yet the new big program will be efficient, because that too would put a little egg on my face. Ted Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Ted Kennedy. And hocus pocus...the time is now. Go pass my bill."

A few notes:
1) "Young people" are going to feel the squeeze on this one. Anyone who applied for federal student aid but didn't receive it because their parents made too much money knows that the federal government is too far removed from the ground to know what young people can afford. They do not take student loans into account; they do not take the fact that young people don't have much savings into account; and they don't understand that young people need to be mobile and have mobile resources in order to succeed. I don't think enough was explained for young people to continue wearing their red and blue Obama art deco shirts. Or maybe Obama is thinking "these dummies love me no matter what I do. Watch, I'm gonna go punch them in the face (*punch) NOW GO MAKE YOUR FACEBOOK STATUS MESSAGE "I Love My President" B*TCH!"

2) The reason most people that understand markets don't like the public option is not because it's a "government program" but because it is a government program that will undercut the private market. If you think that "inefficiencies" in Medicare and Medicaid can pay for this program, I've got some swampland to sell you. The real reason the public option will thrive is because they control patents, licenses, regulations, and ever other string that makes the health care market dance. Not to be cliche, but this "option" is going to make offers...and they won't be refused.

3) The Medical malpractice issue was not fully addressed. Malpractice actions are under state law. How can the federal government "fix it" so that doctors don't have to perform defensive medicine? The way Obama described it, it sounds like little units of lawyers will be dispatched to all 50 states tearing through the law books and changing malpractice laws. What's that? Obama is in the pocket of the plaintiff lawyers' lobby? Oh, ok, so that's why it didn't make a lick of sense.

4) Finally, I thought the politics of fear are over. The big issues here are pre-existing conditions and continuous coverage. We don't want people being denied coverage when they need it most. That can so easily be fixed with regulations that would admittedly make you pay more for insurance, but make insurance worth more to you. Done. Fin. Complete. All of the rest is noise. All that is left are Democrats fulfilling some mandate they believe they have to pull power onto themselves and Obama's ego telling him that he can make people think they want something that they don't need.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Things Will Be So Much Better

One of the most painful aspects of being politically informed is addressing the strongly held beliefs of the ignorant. The one you (astonishingly) hear a good amount of nowadays is that "it is time for our government to do something about our health-care system" as if the government has always looked at health-care and been like "what's that thing do over there? Well it's probably important, so I won't touch it."

This op-ed in the WSJ gives a satirical review of government's involvement in your health. I don't believe there is too much to dispute as far as the points it makes. The government drove us out into the desert and said "Jeez louise, we done got ourselves to the desert...if you give me a trillion dollars I'll build a plane." Looks like there is a pretty good chance they'll get their plane. And when we are all complaining about how the plane abandoned us on a deserted island, those same people that think government never touched health-care will be spouting off about how it is better than the desert, without every thinking of whether any problems were ever solved.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Yeah, That's the Ticket

I date you to read this article without picturing Sarbanes as John Lovitz doing his Pathological Liar impression.

First, we're going to lower the costs of healthcare...yeah that's right. And then...and then, we're going to introduce loan forgiveness for med school...that's the ticket...and...and we're going to pay you more. Uh huh....yep.

Evidently Congress has found a tree that in fact grows money. Boy is my Dad's face going to be red when he finds out he's been wrong all these years.